Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences

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Syracuse University Press, 01.04.1997 - 432 Seiten
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Is insanity a myth? Does it exist merely to keep psychiatrists in business? In Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences, Dr. Szasz challenges the way both science and society define insanity; in the process, he helps us better understand this often misunderstood condition. Dr. Szasz presents a carefully crafted account of the insanity concept and shows how it relates to and differs from three closely allied ideas—bodily illness, social deviance, and the sick role.
 

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Szasz is the well-known anti-psychiatric psychiatrist who first attacked the "myth of mental illness'' 25 years ago. Several books since, including the present one, seem redundantly to echo his attack ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Defining Illness
9
Being a Patient
27
Defining Mental Illness
47
Being a Mental Patient
99
THE CONCEPTUAL DIMENSIONS
133
Mental Illness and the Problem of Imitation
170
Mental Illness and the Problem of Intentionality
216
Mental Illness and the Problem of Responsibility
237
Mental Illness as Strategy
281
Mental Illness as Justification
297
Mental Illness as Legal Fiction
319
Mental Illness as Explanation
342
References
367
Bibliography
391
Subject Index
405
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Über den Autor (1997)

Thomas Szasz is the author of over six hundred articles and twenty-four books. He was a practicing psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry emeritus at the Health Science Center, State University of New York, in Syracuse.

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